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center and steve hariggan is in virginia beach, virginia, where they are awaiting earl's heavy rains and high winds. steve, what's it like so far? >> reporter: none of that rain hitting yet. the winds have gotten slightly stronger with gusts up to 30 or 40 miles per hour. they expect the eye of the storm to pass 100 miles offshore here in virginia beach. so they don't expect too much physical damage. 200 national guard troops have been moved to the coastline in case they are necessary and shelters have been set up for as many as 20,000 people. that doesn't look like it's going to happen so far. throughout the day, we saw people boarding up their houses with plywood or hard plastic. but a lot more cureiosity. even righted now, we have a number of people walking along the boardwalk or the beach. gusts of winds, but not a sense of impending peril here. some real concerns about the economic potential that this storm could bring, some major events scheduled for this weekend, a large concert and a large half marathon. so travelers expected here. they are going to have difficulty traveling
're going to show a live picture of virginia beach. the storm is just offshore there. sam champion is there. you see the waves kicking up. it was a little tough ride in north carolina. >> overnight, earl came within 85 miles of cape hatteras, with wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour. that is hurricane force. and it may be a sign of what's to come further north. over the next 24 hours, hurricane earl is expected to give a second punishing blow to eastern massachusetts. that's montauk right there. hurricane warnings are all up for cape cod and martha's vineyard and nantucket. boats being pulled from the water. fema, sending supplies and telling people not to be lulled into any sense of security. >> we have our correspondents in the storm zone, up and down the coast. we lead off with sam champion on virginia beach. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. good morning, elizabeth. this is a category 2 hurricane. there was some weakening overnight. when you talk about hurricane-force winds at 74 miles per hour, 78 miles per hour, you're talking about a nasty storm. look at the skies here. look at the c
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specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal of the health care reform law. permanent extension of the bush era tax cuts for everybody. along with new tax breaks for small businesses. a freeze in nonsecurity related federal hiring and a requirement that all new legislation pass a constitution check. those last two points are a nod to the tea party which by the way handed several republican candidates their hats in this year's primaries. some brand new polling is boosting republican hopes in the november senate races with one big exception. our cnn senior political editor joins me from d.c. with the stories behind these numbers. let me get started with the numbers. then i want to hear what you to say about it. in pennsylvania, former republican congressman pat toomey leads joe sestak 49% to 44%. wisconsin republican ron johnson leads three-term incumbent russ feingold, 5
the republicans ruling out a pledge to america. they went to ha lumberyard in virginia this morning. they promised if likted they'll cut spending, cut taxes, repeal or replace the health care law that went into effect just today. john boehner was asked to offer specifics on how the gop would do all that and still balance the budget and cut the deficit. >> i don't have all the solutions. but i believe if we work with the american people, the american people will want to work with us to come to grips with these challenges that face our country. it's about having that adult conversation an honest, open way, that will help get us the answers to lay out the plan that will solve this problem once and for all. >> congressman bill cassidy is a physician and a republican from louisiana who was a key member of today's roll out. congressman, as you know going into this republicans thought it wasn't a good idea to do this. i didn't hear specifics from john boehner. e read through the pledge. can you tell us how specifically you are going to cut spending? how republicans are going to make these changes? i didn
big news happened quietly last week. nobody seemed to notice. this virginia's health care battle with the feds. >> plus, three wild stories. your favorite snooki faces a judge. died letterman treats president obama like a pinata. stay right here. >> greta: president obama today in ohio in campaign mode pushing nay economic plan and securing republicans. the president set his sights on john boehner, barbecuing the republican leader for a speech he made ohio. >> the president: there were no new policies from mr. boehner. there were no new ideas. there was just the same fill loss nay we had already tried -- the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decades they were in power. the same philosophy that lead to this mess in the first place. cut more taxes for millionaires and cut more rules for corporations. >> greta: is that true? do republicans really have no new ideas? congressman pence joins us. let me guess the answer to that question, you are going to say the president is wrong? >> i think the president is flat wrong. i don't think is a choice between the failed po
of water. earl's powerful gusts and driving rains are now being felt in southeastern virginia and moving up the coast. we have complete coverage of hurricane earl. ron mott in north carolina, weather channel's mike seidel on long island, new york, nbc's michelle franzen in cape cod, still wounding what is going to happen there. let's begin with nbc meteorologist bill karins come have been worse but still some problems, bill? >> yeah, tell you, we had a category 4 at this time yesterday and very fearful what was going to happen in the carolinas and eventually up in cape cod. the storm weakened a little bit more than expected yesterday afternoon and evening that set the stage for the damage that miner in the eastern carolinas much the storm is continuing to pass to the north-northeast, wait for the new advisory from the hurricane center, later than kip cal with it. 11:00 advisory, usually a couple minutes early. actually, we just heard just came in, now down to a category 1 intensity. the weakening trend has continued with this storm. that shouldn't be a big surprise. we haven't
house for only 37 bucks. >>> she didn't pull the trigger, but a 41-year-old grandmother in virginia is about to die for plotting to kill her husband and stepson eight years ago. it's been five years since a woman has been executed in this country. cnn's brian todd reports on why some think she should be spared. >> reporter: from virginia's death row, teresa lewis sings for divine intervention. ♪ >> reporter: no miracles yet. the governor refuses to issue a stay of execution for the first woman slated to be put to death in virginia in nearly a century. if the supreme court doesn't intervene, lewis will die by lethal injection by next thursday. i spoke with her before the governor's ruling. the questions are limited to just a couple of predetermined questions for teresa lewis. we're also not allowed to bring cameras into the facility. we're speaking to her on the phone. if you could say anything to the governor r at this point, what would you tell him? >> i would tell the governor if i could speak to him one-on-one, how sorry i really am for allowing this to happen to two people tha
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have come out here and donated services to move her stuff. j.k. moving and storage out of virginia and also had people come up and say, we want to give you a job and some place to live. people have come up to her on the street and given her money. what was a very sad situation has definitely turned around here in northwest washington. back to you in the studio. >> really good to hear, especially seeing all that stuff that was on the streets, you were saying, is what makes this truly different. a staggering amount there. thank you. >>> developing news for you right now, eight city officials from bell, california, expected to be arraigned on corruption charges. just minutes from now that guy paying himself hundreds of thousands of dollars. . >>> i'm nattily morales at the san jose mine in chile. this week, new hopes as progress is being made in their rescue. a live report coming up. [ female announcer ] food myth #9. [ woman ] chopping and peeling can be kinda relaxing at the end of the day. [ female announcer ] relaxing for who? try new market creations from lean cuisine. the new st
, hurricane warnings from virginia beach southward to just outside of jacksonville, north carolina near camp lejeune. as far as our commuter models go, everything is taking it offshore at this point. the only close call is out there at nantucket, martha's vineyard, chatam. it should be a category 3 and then a category 2 by the time it's south of new england, weakening to a category 1 as it impacts either down east maine, they're probably going to get hit good saturday morning. the tropical storm force winds, the worst where stephanie is located, and then as everyone drives to work tomorrow, delaware and coastal new jersey and then we take that wind field up into virginia on friday evening. the worst of it is out to sea, but it's still going to put on quite a show in the outer banks and there in cape cod. >> and as you say, 125-mile-per-hour winds is nothing to take lightly. >> there will be damage done from this storm. >> earl's impact expected in north carolina late tonight as we're hearing from bill. thousands are evacuating from the coast, forced to forego their weekend plans as we head i
and get back in line. >> greta: virginia is bracing for impact as earl heads-up the east coast. steve harrigan joins news virginia beach. -- joins us in virginia beach. >> reporter: the wind getting slightly stronger. not a sense of panic or deep concern. you still have a lot of people walking along the boardwalk even the beach where those white caps are beginning to break. the eye of the storm may pass as far as 100 miles offshore. the governor has declared a state of emergency. no impending sense of crisis. we saw earlier a number of people boarding up with hard plastic or plywood. along the beach many with a sense of curiosity looking to see how high those waves will get. the heart of the storm should come in after midnight. the real concern isn't destroyed buildings that the wind or floods might bring, but the economic effect this is a big weekend here in virginia beach. a large music festival planned as well as a half marathon. tends of thousands expected. they are going to have a tough time arriving during that storm. >> greta: what has the navy been doing along the virginia coa
woman to be execute in virginia in nearly a century. we're going to have the details of this controversial case. >>> wolf blitzer is off today, i'm suzanne malveaux. and you're "in the situation room." >>> president obama's controversial education policy has suffered a blow right here in his own back yard. in tuesday's primary, democrats in washington ousted incumbent mayor adrian fenty in the wake of a series of controversial reforms. that's not the only issue that the city is struggling with. talked about that. more with the city council and the new democratic nominee, vince gray. >>> thank you so much for being here in the situation room. first of all, congratulations on your win. obviously, you have a general election but in a predominantly democratic city like washington it's very likely you'll be the next mayor. take a look at this city at what we're dealing with. unemployment, more than 10% in some areas. much, much higher than that. and hiv positive rate, the high nest the country. we've got poverty. what is your first priority in terms of what you need to do
the coast of north carolina and virg virginia, but fortunately the eye is still about 85 miles offshore, earl with top winds of 105 miles per hour was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight. so far the storm surge has been minor. the flooding, we understand, is minimal. >> cape cod and nantucket are still in its sights and expected to get hurricane force winds later today. >> we've got this storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker in kill devil hills on the outer banks of north carolina. al, good morning. what's going on? >> hey, guys, i tell you, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurrica
, steve. and 100 miles away from you, sam champion is in virginia beach, following the size of the waves, and the flooding that may follow from them. sam? >> reporter: hey, good evening, diane. and yeah, there have been big changes with earl today, but there will be hurricane-force winds on the outer banks of north carolina tonight. that storm is 130 miles away from atlantic beach, north carolina, and just look at the waves. you said at the top of the show, 15 feet, easy. and we expect they'll be about 20-foot waves there. buoy reports near the eye of the storm have put the waves at 40 feet high. a 3d satellite picture is the best way to show you the changes in earl today. and in the last couple of days. when that storm is well organized and powerful, it has a tight, well-formed eye. now it's difficult to find the eye. the hurricane force winds are still powerful enough to brush that side of the cape, and also, we think cape cod, as well. here's the latest track from the hurricane center, and good news for the mid-atlantic coast, delaware, virginia, even new york city. it is going to pas
company in northern virginia, not on the steps of the u.s. capitol. the gop blueprint for reclaiming control of the house tries to seize on the anti-establishment mood in the country. top priorities include tax cuts, spending cuts, limits on the size -- limits on the growth of entitlements and a vow to reverse, repeal president obama's health care reforms. our senior congress correspondent, database nah bash, had the a chance to speak exclusively with a pointman for the pledge, republican house leader, john boehner. how did that go, dana? >> very interesting what john boehner and his republican colleagues tried to do today, wolf with this 45-page glossy document is give voters not just a reason to vote against the democrats who are in charge but a reason to vote for republicans. and there were some new specifics a few in here about new mechanisms to achieve their goals of cutting spending and reforming the way congress works, but a lot of what is in here are broad ideas that we have heard before, so, i tried to press the man who says he wants to be speaker on specifics. and i started
the sharp cutoff for the rain there. rains increasing now in the southeastern parts of virginia, right around virginia beach. it's getting windy and wet. there you see a tropical storm force, in east north carolina. those will be heading right on up into southern new england tonight. that's when the big problems will be occurring with the wind and the rain. it will be significant. back to you guys. >> all right, mark mancuso, accuweather.com. >>> we'll check in with mark later this half hour. abc's coverage of earl, will continue all morning long on "gma" and abcnews.com. >>> and a security scare at the miami airport. four concourses were evacuated overnight, while the bomb squad investigated reports of a suspicious package. the initial report came from the area of the international arrivals. the tsa says one person has been taken into custody. they're not getting details just yet on what may have been inside of that package. anyone traveling outside of miami, is told to call their carrier for possible delays. >>> engineers are starting to look into the reasons for an oil rig explosion
, chuck. >>> up next, why is a democrat with a 70% job approval rating going negative in the west virginia senator's race? >>> and attention political junkies. do you recognize this ad? well, the players may be different but the candidate behind it hoping it will have the same impact. it's a north carolina senate race. >>> but first, our "washington speak." open source, believe it or not, intelligence officials are not always operating in secret. they often look at open source information. what is it? it's information that is available to the public. like from newspapers or the internet. in the news today, as we told you, the fbi warning that extremists could retall yit against the organizers of saturday's planned koran burning. the fbi says the information is based on open sources. it also means chat rooms, they monitor everything. anyway, if you have "washington speak" to clarify, send us an open source e-mail today. [ animals calling ] ♪ [ pop ] [ man ] ♪ well, we get along ♪ yeah, we really do - ♪ and there's nothing wrong - [ bird squawks ] ♪ with what i feel for you ♪ i c
and maybe west virginia. i'm not predicting we're going to win all those but we're on offense and we will win a number of them. and we will be a more influential group in the next congress. >> the republican leader mitch mcconnell naming 13 democrats seats there, 13, if you're counting. when i asked him for his top ten list, let's start with california. here are the new voters out tonight. boxer, 48%. fiorina, the republican challenger, 44%. and if you look at the breakdown among democrats, independents and republican, you see in the middle, boxer, 45%, fiorina, 40%, among independent voters. john avlon, the republicans can say, hey, we're competitive in california, that's a plus, but heading into the stretch, they probably hoped it was a little better than that. >> think it's going to tighten up a little bit. you need to look at the boxer/fiorina race, also whitman versus brown in the gubernatorial race. if whitman has a strong push into the fall that could help fiorina with independents in particular. clearly, the republicans are running against headwinds in california. not a lot t
. >>> state of virginia executed teresa lewis in a murder for hire case. the first woman executed in virginia in nearly a century. she was . >>> the obama administration says an immediate end to the military's policy of don't ask, don't tell may threaten combat operations. they made the response keeping gays from serving openly. >>> one of the biggest singing stars of the 1950s has died. the family of eddie fisher says he had never quite recovered from a recrept hip surgery. fisher sold millions of records and also had a number of marriages to hollywood beauties, as well. remember debbie reynolds? elizabeth taylor and connie stevens. he's survived by four children including carrie fisher. he was 82 years old. ♪ >>> tough new restrictions on the diabetes drug aand have yeah. it's going to stay on the market we are told but only type ii diabetes patients with no other option can take it and that's what sanjay gupta's talking about. >> people have been wanting a decision on this for some time because there were reports saying there's an increased risk of heart attack with this medication. in j
anywhere in the carolinas or virginia as needed. meanwhile, in massachusetts, fema's teams are very busy there too ahead of the storm. >>> national guard crews were at the ready in north carolina ahead of the storm's arrival. last-minute checks were done to a giant hoist that could lift about 600 pounds. on top of that, blackhawk crews made sure their helicopters were prepared to fly. >> despite the warnings two sailors in charleston, south carolina, decided to try their luck against earl. not a good idea. the two men had to jump out just before a huge wave smashed their craft against the pilings. they were not hurt. >>> of course our coverage of hurricane earl does not end here. later this half hour, much more from the north carolina coast. later on "america this morning" and "good morning america," more live reports all on the storm. >>> and turning to other news on this friday morning, the army has lost its first chaplain in combat since the vietnam war. 43-year-old captain dale getts was among five americans killed by a roadside bomb on monday. he died after the supply convoy he was
. >> and now for>> sports. >> collegefootball, big upsets keep on coming, don't they? number 13 virginia tech losing to james madison at home, mind you. ran for two touchdowns, threw for another one and the final madison coach, mathews calls it the biggest win in school history and this is an scs team formerly division two. to south bend the game of the game. michigan and notre dame. to rudolph, 95 yard score and it's the michigan quarterback robinson stealing the headlines 502 yards total offense and measured michigan wins a tight one. and let's talk nfl. the 91st season of the nfl officially underway and break it downhat teams to look out or. big daddy of the nfl, richard delgato, president and ceo of coastal advisors insurance, good to see you, big daddy. >> you, too. you were down in new orleans for the big game. saints and vikings, a boring game as you and i were speaking about. beforehand the players walk out and both teams line up and both have the number one up in the air. this is solidarity among the players union. is there a chance we face a strike and have no footbtall this time n
, virginia, this hour talking about the patients' bill of rights. we will take his comments live at 11:45 eastern time. >>> six months after passage of the president's signature health care bill, changes are kicking in. what they mean to you. >>> bonnie schneider is tracking the weather for us on this last day of summer. >> we are watching out for flooding due to a tropical depression in the southwest. phoenix getting hit hard with rain. hurricane season is not over by yeah means. we have a brand knew tropical thread in the caribbean that may affect the gulf later next week. i have the forecast as we welcome in fall. [ male announcer ] have something you love doing? cheerios could be your ticket to do it. big time. you could win a once in a lifetime chance to live your passion by choosing from ten never-dreamed-possible prizes. from a customized v.i.p. vacation, to a hollywood red carpet experience, to cooking with a celebrity chef, and more. find details on specially marked boxes of cheerios. why cheerios? because whatever you love doing, you'll need a healthy heart to do it. ♪ >>>
is on schedule. stations should reopen in time for tomorrow's trip back to work. meantime some virginia d.m.v. employees will be going back to work. 14 offices will be open today from 8:00 a.m. to noon to help clear a backlog of drivers license transactions. the d.m.v. couldn't process them for a week because of a computer glitch. fair oaks, wood bridge are just two of the d.m.v.'s that will be >>> yo, taylor, i'm really happy for you. i'll let you finish. but beyonce had one of the best is videos of all time. >> that was cringe-worthy wasn't it? >> even beyonce is cinking. kanye stealing the spotlight from taylor swift during her acceptance speech. just days away. >> you're wondering why we're playing it now. kanye has come out now saying he's really sorry. over and over on the twitter page, he's saying to taylor, please forgive me. he hopes his music base, his fan base, is listening, too. >> and no word yet whether taylor has accepted the apology. good morning, meramerica, juju chang. >> george and robin are back today. they're back tomorrow. >>> also new this morning, the new side effe
and take the first leg of this bus. they're heading into virginia, and as our viewers know, virginia was a blue state in 2008, president obama won it. however, in 2009, republicans took back the governorship. they feel they can win some democratic seats in virginia. >> thank you so much here's a look at results from other big races. the nation's capital now on track for a new mayor. adrian fenty lost his democratic primary chair to vincent gray, and in new hampshire to close to call. ovide lamontagne is claiming to be the only true conservative. kelly ayotte is endorsed by sarah palin. for all of our political news, go to our website, cnnpolitics.com. >>> there might be more bad news for the gulf of mexico. one scientist says she's discovered oil on the sea floor miles away from the deepwater horizon site. we'll take a closer look at what that means. >>> plus, coming um, hurricane season if it ended today, we'd have a pretty normal season. unfortunately we are only about halfway done. the latest on the storms in atlantic coming up in your forecast. on drirstched!" gecko water bottle.
virginia he gathered in a back yard with a number of people who'd been adversely affected by the economy, by the healthcare law in particular. they talked about their trials and tribulations, but they also talked about obama administration policy that's have helped them. and that's the sort of thing the president is going to be emphasizing here. starting in albuquerque, gathering at someone's home, talking about the economy. obviously, that is the number one issue in the upcoming elections. then he travels to madison, wisconsin. more overtly political trip there. he'll hold a rally for the democratic national committee. and then on to des moines, iowa, where again he'll be gathering for sort of a small, semi-private gathering. of course, we will be there with cameras. where people are going to be talking about the economy. and then on to richmond, virginia, finally wrapping up on wednesday, with a similar event. and this is the sort -- this is the thing, alex. it's all tied together. the president trying to emphasize what we've heard many times in the past several weeks, that when he too
injection last night in a virginia correctional facility. sentenced to death for plotting the murders of her husband and stepson in 2002. virginia governor bob macdonald refused to intervene in the 11th hour. >>> and the 1950's started difficult fisher died at the age of 82 due to complications from hip surgery. fisher was a teen idol before marrying debbie reynolds and later elizabeth taylor. father of the aboctress carrie fisher. >>> a serious danger to children playing sports. concussio concussions. >> it's not just football. concussion injuries are showing up in many sports, affecting girls as well as boys. tom costello joins us. tom, obviously everybody is worried now that we're getting more and more studies of the brain and figuring out this stuff, whether it's not just pee wee football but now soccer, lacrosse, lots of dangers out there. >> yeah. baseball, basketball, soccer, and here's another statistic that i think a lot of people are surprised at. on the soccer field, boys and girls are evenly split on concussions. and then once women actually play soccer in college, they have a hi
's focused on the middle >>class? >> right. you mention that tomorrow he's goining to be going to virginia sitting at a family's kitchen table, talk about kitchen table issues, household budgets, things of that that nature and trying to highlight the efforts the president has made over the last 18 mountains to get the economy back on track but it all happens in a potical context where democrats, the president's party, of course, in serious trouble, and this is the curtain week now on the campaign season. we saw the president kick it off last monday, labor day, at tha rally in milwaukee where he gave that political stemwinder of a speech taking republicans to tack, by all accounts, experts say the republicans have a chance of winning a majority in the house, a better than even chance and perhaps can even win in the senate. we've seen the president now focusing on the economy. and the curtain coming up here as congress returns after a long august break. here it is the second week after labor day. and they're coming back only for about four weeks before they go back out on the campaign trail
's bring in doug wilder the former governor of virginia and former mayor of richmond. good morning. >> hi, alex. how are you? >> i'm well. thank you for asking. i hope you are too. let's get to what you heard the president say there. is that the kind of message he needs to deliver right now to energize voters? >> two things. first of all, the governor is not going to -- the president is not going to be on the ballot this november. and there is great favorabilitiy for him in many quarters particularly the group he spoke to last evening. what has to happen is that message has to be made so as the people who stood in lines and who waited and who wanted to see a change feel a resonation and need to see it makes a difference in their lives. the president is starting to say no we haven't done all we should do, the stimulus hasn't done all it should but we want to do more. to the extent that he makes that case that he needs to do more, wants to do more, and that he is not satisfied with where they are and where his administration is, and fastens that hope and that change with reality, addressing
coast. states of emergency have been declared in north carolina, virginia and maryland. and from cape hatteras to cape cod, dangerous surf conditions, storm surges and powerful winds are expected later today through saturday. life guards are urging labor day beachgoers to be careful of dangerous riptides. and al is 2308 lowing the track of the storm. he'll have more in just a bit. >>> this morning police in maryland are trying to piece together what led a gunman to storm the discovery channel's headquarters wednesday, sparking a four-hour hostage standoff. nbc's tom costello is once again in silver spring, maryland, with the very latest. tom, good morning. >> natalie, good morning to you. overnight the police bomb squad cleared the building of four separate devices. they also found hand bags, they said, or duffel bags, with both guns and ski masks. this began when the suspect walked into the building demanding to speak to company executives. nbc news called the building to try to find out what was happening to try to talk to somebody in public relations. lo and behold the gunman picke
church, virginia. >> we are now actually able to provide some help to the american people. that will take effect tomorrow is the -- the most important patient's bill of rights that we've ever seen in our history. >> and so the president trying to keep it up. you're right, you reported he heads this afternoon to the united nations. he'll address the general assembly later today. it's an anti-poverty conference. >> thank you, mike. >>> speaking of health care reform, already big insurance companies, some of them, may be finding loopholes to skirt the new health care reform law. in fact, some major companies have decided to stop selling policies for children, rather than comply with part of the new law. they could be doing this by thursday. joining me now is wendell potter, an insurance industry whistle-blower and a former insurance executive for signa. t it looks like some companies plan to halt the new child only policies in california, illinois, florida, connecticut, and elsewhere. as i mentioned, as early as thursday. did anyone see this coming? >> you know, i think probably no one saw i
experience on the subject. but right now in virginia there is an attorney general whose first act was to try to order all the state universities of virginia to rescind or not enforce their policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation. that was his first act. so are there threats to civil rights today? obviously there are. >> and what -- to what degree is something like what mr. renacci said, how much of this is the rhetoric of everything needs to be local and how much is it that other thing that we've heard from ken buck in colorado, rand paul in kentucky, this notion that, okay. look. there is no more racism here because what kind of country could have racism and an african-american president? >> well, there is a lot of that out there. again, i'm not sure renacci got past the first sentence of the memo but others who did read the whole thing, there seems to be, i get an awful lot of this in my e-mail, essentially saying what more do you people want? and this idea that we have passed that whole issue, the whole issue of race, not just passed an era but the whole issue, the who
today the president was in northern virginia talking about health care reform which, as you mentioned, the republicans are threatening to repeal. why was he revisiting this topic today when he's been so criticized for initially not focusing on the economy? >> well, katie, he's trying to help democrats who are being just hammered out on the campaign trail on health care reform. so today he highlighted a number of popular provisions of the bill that take effect tomorrow. for example, starting tomorrow insurance companies will be barred from denying coverage to children because of preexisting conditions. insurance companies will also no longer be allowed to put a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage and children will be allowed to stay on their parents' insurance plans until their 26th birthday. katie, when he signed the bill six months ago, approval of health care reform was 37%. after talking about it a lot, it's still at 37%. hasn't gone up a bit. >> couric: all right. chip reid. chip, thank you, nice to have you in new york. and it didn't take long. the insurance industry has alr
weather weekend. 59 our current temperatre here in washington. mid-50s across much of northern virginia now and also into forges of suburban maryland. 51 degrees at andrews airorce base. 60 at the naval academy in annapolis. plenty of sunshine. delightful today. temperatures in the 7020 upper 80s. aaron? >>> up next on "the today show" grandparents caring for their grdchildren due to >>> we are back on this saturday morning, the 18th day of september, 2010. it's a beautiful late summer morning on the plaza. and our thanks to everyo who came out to spend part of their morning with us. back inside studio 1a, i'm amy robach along with lester holt. and coming up, miracle girl. >> a 28-year-old woman, becky hallin, went into cardiac arrest. doctors tried to resuscitate her for over an hour, and just when they thought she was gone the wife and mother of three suddenly responded and was stabilized. coming up we'll meet her, find out how doctors were able to bring her back, and how she's doing today. >> then, here's the i factor, what lurks from kitchen to cabs to door knobs to computers, every
valley into the northeast. the storm produced at least 11 tornadoes. one person died in west virginia. >>> and major cleanup is also under way in parts of the northeast after a deadly series of storms moved through. one person was killed in new york, when a tree fell on her car. >>> the white house rolls out a new report on how billions of dollars in stimulus money is being spent. it is an effort to blunt criticism about the economy from the republicans. >>> yom kippur, the jewish day of atonement begins at sundown tonight. jews around the world will atone and fast on what is the most solemn observance of the year. >>> and prince william graduates from flight school today. he's spent the last 18 months training to be a search and rescue pilot in the air force. >>> and coming up later on "good morning america," interesting story here. the sleeping on the job make you a better employee? there's a new trend among companies to allow, even encourage workers, to get shut-eye on the clock. does it work? >> i have a feeling i know what the employees think about this idea. >> no kidding. that'
to the beltway. and we was an accident in stafford, virginia closed in both directions at cambridge street so a few things to keep on a out for. >>> have you ever been wanted to make a copy one of these new blu-ray dvds? well you can't because they have technology where it can't be copied. and now the code has been hacked. >> reporter: it looks like seven pages of letters and numbers and cryptic instructions. but to the right person. >> it is the keys to the kingdom. >> reporter: this is a cyber security expert. he said that programmers could create hardware anyone can use to copy blue raise. >> somebody tech savvy put it on a file sharing fight and hundreds of thousands of people will download or illegally stream that content. >> reporter: patrick roth at the copyright alliance said when people start making copies of blue raise, it will devastate the movie industry. >> pension funds, they're funded by dvd sales. >> reporter: it's illegal to make copies but many people may risk the consequences. >> i can record it from my ipod and laptop. >> reporter: he said that the industry is already feel
, virginia, and maryland have already declared states of emergency. the major question now remains exactly what path will earl take up the coast. we'll be checking in with al for the latest on this in just a moment. >> got some other stories to cover, including amanda knox, the american college student convicted of murdering her roommate in italy. this morning, some new revelations about her state of mind. and we'll talk to a former fbi agent who is absolutely convinced that she is innocent. >> that's right. and also a little bit later, familiar face around here on "today." try going, matt, the entire month wearing just six items of clothing. the question is, did anybody notice? did you? we're going to find out how she did. >> over and over again. let's begin this morning with hurricane earl. al is in kill devil hills in north carolina on the outer banks. he's tracking the storm. al, good morning to you. >> well, good morning, matt. and, yes, earl has strengthened overnight. a category 4 storm. let's give you the latest details on earl. first of all, we've got a very active area out there.
right. breaking news overnight because this is happening in virginia. a woman has been executed for the first time in almost 100 years. theresa lewis was convicted in 2003 of plotting the murder of her husband and stepson. she apparently wanted their insurance money. she died by lethal injection. lewis' final words were for her stepdaughter. >> miss lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want kathy to know i love her. and i'm very sorry. >> protesters were outside the prison arguing that lewis was treated unfairly, apparently he was very close to the i.q. line where you're not supposed to get executed. police trying to figure out who killed a nicaraguan diplomat in his apartment in the bronx here in new york. he was found on the floor. his throat had been slashed. this just hours before he was scheduled to attend the u.n. general assembly. witnesses say there was a fight in the apartment the night before the murder. police believe he probably knew his killer. >> people filling sandbags now all across southern minnesota and western wisconsin. that's going to happen a
bash is in sterling, virginia. dana, are we talking about contract with america 2.0 here? >> reporter: in many ways, yes, kyra, the whole theme as you said among house republicans is to try to convince voters just six weeks before the election that they do have some plans to actually run the government. however, just look at where i am and the images of people remembering in 1994, how different it is. the last thing in the world that republicans wanted to do would be to stand on the steps of the capitol as they did back then representing everything that some of the people that they're really trying to get can't stand. that's why we are here at a small business. that's the emphasis today. the whole question of whether or not anything is different in here, we see a lot of what we have heard. the fact that they want to trim spending, the fact to make tax cuts permanent, the fact to repeal the president's health care plan and there are some small pieces in here that i think are interesting and i should show our viewers and clearly bones, if you will, to tea party voters trying to placate.
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